I Talked to a Stranger, and I Made a Friend

I talk to strangers all day long while working as a server, but there is something about talking to a stranger in a setting where I am not obligated to do so that is quite intimidating. So, when faced with this task for class, I had to swallow my fears, and I am glad that I did!

I thought that the best way to approach this challenge would be to do it in a setting that I am comfortable in. The day after class, I went to the gym and noticed a girl wearing super cute shorts. I see cute outfits in the gym all the time, but normally I just make a mental note to try and google the clothes later. This time, I asked where she got her shorts. I had no idea what to expect, but the interaction was so pleasant. She complimented my shorts, told me where she got hers, and we ended up chatting for a few minutes about all of our favourite activewear. We have had conversations every time that we have seen each other in the gym since that day, and I would go as far as to call her a friend. 

I really appreciated having a genuine in-person interaction with someone new. Creating a connection face-to-face has helped me create the sense of community in the gym that I’ve been looking for, and that I have not been able to find in any online spaces.

The Importance of Finding Your “Why”

Fitness means so many different things to so many different people. Whether fitness is your career, one of your passions, a hobby that you enjoy, or even if it’s something that you take part in just because you think you should, finding your “why” is the first step to success. 

As a kid, I tried several different types of exercise, ranging from team sports to dance lessons. Nothing ever stuck, I never felt super passionate about or connected to them. I first felt genuinely excited about a sport when I started playing rugby in high school. The difference was that I had found a “why.” The team was like a family, the game was a great emotional outlet, and practicing four days a week made me feel healthy. 

After I got out of high school, I stopped playing and lost all desire to make fitness a part of my life. For the following few years, I was in and out of the gym inconsistently, but I never took it seriously. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I truly found my “why,” which turned into a passion for fitness. At the beginning of this year, my anxiety was at an all-time high, and my self-esteem was at an all-time low. One day, as I was scrolling through TikTok, one of my favourite influencers posted about how fitness helped her find herself again, and it resonated with me. The next day, I stepped back into the gym, and I haven’t stopped since. After a few months of weight training consistently, my mental health was in a much better place, and my goals shifted. 

At this point in my journey, I am pushing my body every day to see how much it is capable of, I am practicing discipline and consistency, and I am focused on the process, rather than the end goal. 

Whether your goal is to look a certain way, feel a certain way, or move a certain way, your “why” is what keeps you going.

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